Remember that thing? Well it’s on the horns of being a memorial and some atheists are pissed off. As they well should be, really.
The lawsuit is in response to plans for the museum to house a 17-foot T-shaped metal beam from the 9/11 wreckage which some media outlets call the “9/11 Cross.” The Times indicates that the cross was displayed outside a nearby Catholic church, and Silverman’s colleague asserts in a debate yesterday on Fox News that the cross has been blessed and worshiped–an ABC report confirms it was blessed in a nearby park. “The Christian community found a piece of rubble that looked like an icon and they deified it. But really 9/11 had nothing to do with Christianity,” said American Atheists president Dave Silverman in an ABC news report. “They want a monopoly and we don’t want that to happen.” Silverman’s lawsuit claims the cross constitutes an unlawful attempt to promote a specific religion on governmental land. “The WTC cross has become a Christian icon,” said Silverman in a CNN report. “It has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn’t be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It’s a truly ridiculous assertion.”
Yep. That about sums it up.
It’s actually my least favorite thing about the fact that Christianity has used the cross as opposed to the more complicated crescent or Star of David. Of course it’s going to show up in a collapsed building, all you need are two pieces of metal that are stuck together. I’m pretty sure if Satanists decided to do this kind of nonsense they could start finding upside-down crosses everywhere as well, same with anyone who happens to really like the Iron Cross.
And what’s the purpose of using it as an icon? That God “blessed” the site? Was that before or after it collapsed in a heap and 3000 people died in it? I’ll never understand the tendency of some people to see an incredibly minor thing in the face of a catastrophe and act like it’s proof of holy protection. Protection that, it seems, didn’t extend to before the catastrophe struck.